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It's not you, it's... not me. It's the Inhumans.

Justin Zyduck at MightyGodKing comes to the conclusion that Marvel's output may or may not be any good but the real issue is it's just not for him anymore. I bounced back and forth on this quite a bit myself before i decided to stop following Marvel. Since "no good" or "just not for me" ends the same way in terms of my personal collecting, it was really a moot question. But Zyduck had me leaning towards the latter.

But then i read Paul O'Brien's review of (heh) Civil War II: X-Men, or, as he puts it (double heh) Event Crossover: Non-participating Series. (As an aside, i actually thought World War Hulk: X-Men was pretty good; a better introduction to the new young X-characters than i'd seen anywhere else.) And in that review he gets to a larger point about the fact that Marvel keeps trying to make the Inhumans "happen" even though it clearly isn't going to:

But we long since passed the point where it was transparently clear that the Inhumans weren't catching on and where the main question came to be how long Marvel would drag this out. The decision to build their summer crossover around the Inhumans - and then see it squashed flat by DC Rebirth - would be the last straw for some publishers. But then lead-in times mean that major directional changes for the Marvel Universe take an age to feed through, so we're stuck with the bastards for the foreseeable future whether we like them or not, and the X-Men are heading for an extended crossover whose main - perhaps exclusive - interest lies in whether it will be used to finally draw a line under the whole fiasco.

And it's like, oh yeah, that's why i got sick of Marvel. Certainly not the focus on diversity, which i applaud. A lot of the writing and art was bad, but hey, i'm working through 1993 on my project right now, and nothing's worse than that. The overreliance on perpetual line-wide crossovers? See again 1993. Combine those two things with modern decompression and it's more of a problem, granted. But my investment in the Marvel universe was so ingrained that i don't think that alone would have been enough. The breaking factor for me was the disregard for continuity, especially when it was obvious that the continuity changes were to reflect the cinematic universe rather than because someone had a great idea that just couldn't be told in current continuity.

I don't know why i'm beating this dead horse at this late date anyway, but Zyduck and O'Brien's posts converged in my head. And i admit to a perverse and rude satisfaction in seeing Marvel's attempts to promote the Inhumans failing. I don't know why. I'm not a huge X-Men fan and i never got as outraged about Marvel downplaying the X-Men as others did. Maybe it's the way the Inhumans took over the SHIELD TV show; made me never want to see an Inhuman again.

So sick of inhumans in my SHIELD tv show. I just want spy vs spy with a dabble of super powers thrown in.

I could hear Paul O'Brien's voice in my head as i read his quote. That's just weird.

By fnord12 | October 25, 2016, 9:46 AM | Comics | Link

Organic Gardening

I saw mention of this in the lettercol for FF #377 and figured i'd blog it. Art is by Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom. Then i found Chris Tolworthy's page with over 200 tributes to Fantastic Four #1's cover. I like the Mr. Men best.

By fnord12 | October 25, 2016, 8:12 AM | Comics | Link

Wish Twitter was around in the 90s

I don't disagree with any of the criticism of the Campbell Riri Williams cover. But i have to admit that my initial reaction was "People are upset about that?!". Again, it's not that i disagree. I've just become so inured to it all.

By fnord12 | October 20, 2016, 11:59 AM | Comics | Link

Dynamite trolls Min

Hopefully they do more than clean a house together.

Sometimes i feel like Dynamite's publishing model is to put out a comic series for each individual on the planet. This time it's Min's turn. I'm still holding out for the Smurf/Snork Wars.

Found via Mike Sterling's latest End of Civilization post, which has plenty more fun.

OOH OOH OOH OOH OOH! There's no way this can be good, is there?

By fnord12 | October 3, 2016, 1:00 PM | Comics & TeeVee | Link

No one will be seated during the thrilling Luke Cage preach-off

So this latest Marvel Netflix series is a little... slower and talk-ier than i would have expected.

The writers of this show have an amazing ability to strip out all tension and any sense of urgency from every scene. I've never seen a more prolonged and boring "dying from a gunshot wound" setup.

By fnord12 | October 2, 2016, 7:12 PM | Comics & TeeVee | Link

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